Symptoms Of The Common Cold And Covid-19 Virus

Illustration of Symptoms Of The Common Cold And Covid-19 Virus
Illustration: Symptoms Of The Common Cold And Covid-19 Virus

Good morning doc, I have had flu for about 3 days, with symptoms of sneezing, runny and stuffy nose, then a little itching in my throat and want to cough but my body temperature is normal. Does this include the common cold dock? Or symptoms of the Corona virus? Thank you dock

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Hello, pearl.

Thank you for consulting

In general, infections from coronavirus or severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 syndrome (SARS-CoV-2) or coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) have clinical symptoms that resemble normal influenza, such as sneezing, nasal congestion, dry coughing headaches and fever. Suspicion of SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 infection increases when high fever (more than 38 degrees Celsius) is found and severe shortness of breath.

In addition to clinical symptoms, other things that lead to suspicion toward SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 infection include a history of traveling in an area or country with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or living in a local transmission area , or a history of contact with patients who are confirmed to be suffering from diseases that lead to infection with this virus.

If the above symptoms are found, especially high fever and severe shortness of breath, immediately contact the 119 extension 9 hotline to listen to further instructions. Or you can also visit the nearest corona infection referral health facility, while wearing a mask and carrying an alcohol-based antiseptic or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.

But it should be noted, the spectrum of symptoms of COVID-19 infection is quite broad; young age groups generally have better endurance, even in some individuals the symptoms are mild. Severe symptoms are generally experienced in elderly patients (elderly) or the presence of underlying systemic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus or those who receive long-term immununosuppressant treatment (patients with lupus or autoimmune diseases). Those who are malnourished are also vulnerable, because in this condition, nutrients that act as building blocks of antibody molecules and cytokines are needed in response to infections or providers of nutrients for the benefit of cell proliferation white blood which acts as the spearhead of defense in fighting corona virus infection, inadequate supply.

For the record, although in individuals with a good immune system, the symptoms are only mild, but they can act as carriers or spreaders against this virus. Because, this virus is very contagious. If individuals with mild symptoms (or even sub-clinical) come into contact with high-risk groups (the elderly, people with diabetes mellitus, people with lupus, sufferers of malnutrition and other high-risk categories), those at high risk can become infected and progress to severe disease and even turn off. On the other hand, in many pandemic cases, health facilities are generally inadequate in supporting all cases that occur, so there are some groups of individuals who cannot obtain medical services. Not to mention the excessive workload of medical officers, both doctors and nurses, which not only affects their performance optimally, but also causes the loss of lives of the doctors and nurses in charge. This will lead to more and more difficult patients being helped.

Therefore, stay active at home, unless the situation is very urgent. In addition, always wash hands, especially before touching the eyes, nose and mouth. The surface of objects that are often touched is also always cleaned. Maintain a balanced nutritional diet, drink plenty of water, get enough rest, and do regular exercise at home with mild-moderate intensity.

You can also do a free self-assessment facilitated by, to find out whether there is a risk of being infected with COVID-19 or the extent of your risk of being infected with COVID-19, by accessing the following link.

Thus my information, hopefully can be useful.


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